Serve God Willingly

1 1Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your 2fellow elder and 3witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a 4partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
2 shepherd 5the flock of God among you, exercising oversight 6not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and 7not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;

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3 nor yet as 8lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be 9examples to the flock.

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4 And when the Chief 10Shepherd appears, you will receive the 11unfading 12crown of glory.

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5 13You younger men, likewise, 14be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with 15humility toward one another, for 16GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.

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6 Therefore 17humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,

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7 casting all your 18anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

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8 19Be of sober spirit, 20be on the alert. Your adversary, 21the devil, prowls around like a roaring 22lion, seeking someone to devour.

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9 23But resist him, 24firm in your faith, knowing that 25the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

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    • d 5:9 - Lit "whom resist"
    • e 5:9 - Lit "brotherhood"
      11 32To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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      12 Through 33Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), 34I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is 35the true grace of God. 36Stand firm in it!

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      13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, 37Mark.

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      14 38Greet one another with a kiss of love. 39Peace be to you all who are in Christ.

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